Friday, 26 May 2017

#GirlBoss Guide | Dani D'Silvez

I recently interviewed Dani D'Silvez Founder of Leafeco, a Zero Waste Company! If you're looking to become a Zero Waster or are interested in the subject check out her site here and to learn more about her keep reading! 

Where are you from? And where do you currently reside? 
I'm from the UK and currently living in a small city called Cheshire.

What did you study in school? 
Did you ever see it leading to what you are doing today? I actually studied Music performance and spent a couple of years working in the Music Industry. So I would have never of guessed I would end up running a business dedicated to helping people reduce their household waste.

What jobs did you have before you started Leafeco, Zero Waste for Beginners?
Before Leafeco I had a variety jobs: I was a session singer down in London, then ended up working in a bike shop, a couple of call centres, an underwear factory and in the hospitality industry.

Why did you decide to start Leafeco, Zero Waste for Beginners?
I moved from job to job out of boredom. I was excelling in all I did but something didn't feel right. Deep down I felt empty that I wasn't helping the world become a better place. I had worked for companies that claimed to have a green footprint and sustainable policies but not one of them lived up to their eco name. Every place I worked at I always tried to implement more sustainable practices. But every time I spoke to a manager about my ideas, they all laughed and told me I was only one person and I couldn't make a difference in this world. And that was the birth of Leafeco. I wanted to create a business that encouraged everyone to find ways to live sustainable but without any modern day sacrifice.

What are some quick tips for going zero waste and where can everyone find more?
1. Stop buying single-use plastic bags and keep a reusable bag on you at all times. 2. Always carry a water flask instead of buying a plastic bottled drink 3. Ditch the kitchen towels for cotton cloths that can be thrown into your normal laundry load. For more tips on how to go Zero Waste, visit

Where are your favourite places to shop?
Thrift stores for clothing and tea stores to top up my loose leaf tea addiction. I love supporting local businesses and I buy from a local farmers markets and Etsy buyers whenever I can.

How would you define the word success?
After months and months of working your ass off and a stranger reaches out and tells you how much value they received from your work. And then continuing to carry on that process.

What do you see yourself doing in the next five years?
Working alongside some great people who have the time and resources to make our future sustainable, practical and fun. And I would love to get back to my musical roots and release an album which the profits would be sent to help rebuild deforestation in the Amazon.

Is there anyone who has been influential in your life/starting a business?
I grew up in a small family and travelled around the UK as a kid so I was always the new girl and struggled to make friends. Not one person in my family had their own business so I found inspiration from Elon Musk. His work and dedication to renewable energy inspired me to push through the pain of putting my name out into the world so I could protect the environment and the people in it.

What advice would you like to give to today’s women?
Never compare yourself to someone else. Always focus on you and strive to be a better person than you were yesterday. Learn to let things go quicker and love you for you.

Have you ever had a mentor who has given you advice that you would like to share?
My business buddy is Jennifer Bell from We hold each other accountable for our daily business planning. We check in weekly and talk about our goals and evaluate how our previous week went. She once told me that hard work will always pay off as long as I  keep focused and believe in myself.

What is a fact about you that would surprise others?
I love playing video games! My chill out time is sitting down with my games console and playing a game until I fall asleep.

Where can everyone find you:
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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

The Intern Files | Resource List

Continuing with my Intern Files Posts I thought I would create a list of resources to help out anyone trying to find an internship. Everything listed is sites I've used and have had success with. I've also included some useful resources to use while you are interning to make your job easier so you can focus on learning! Check out my other Intern Files posts if you need help with finding an internship or to see what a day in the life is like!

Finding the Internship:

-Intern Queen

-Style Nine to Five

-Beauty Nine to Five


-Style Careers

-Email your favourite company and inquire

While You're Interning:

-Slack: A small company messaging app. It's more professional to use than texting and it's easier and faster than email.

-Skillshare: Can help you learn a new creative skill that may be beneficial to use at your internship. Skillshare has a premium level but, a ton of free classes. I have taken the courses Mail Chimp created to help me start creating email campaigns at my digital marketing internship.

-Future Learn and Coursera: Same idea as Skillshare. If you need to learn something quickly and free to help you with your internship, use these sites.

-Canva: If you don't have Adobe skills but, need to make simple graphics Canva will be your best friend.

-Meldium: Is a secure password sharing site that will log you in automatically when you click on the platform. This is great if you need access to shared accounts. I used Meldium for access to Hootsuite, Pinterest and Mail Chimp.

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Friday, 5 May 2017

#GirlBoss Guide | Brittani Buettner

I interviewed Brittani Founder of Scenic Route Collection who makes beautiful handmade jewellry inspired by nature!

1. Where are you from? And where do you currently reside?

Hello! I was born and raised in Kelowna, BC Canada. When I was 18 I went travelling which coincidentally gave me the wanderlust bug. However, I am now happily living in Whistler, Canada.

2. What did you study in school? Did you ever see it leading to what you are doing today?

Coming out of high school, I had no plans of attending post-secondary education until I found something I was passionate about and wouldn’t regret pursuing. So finally, four years after high school I went back to school at Kootenay Studio Arts in Nelson, BC to get a Jewellery Certificate because I wanted to gain the necessary skills which could bring my designs and dreams into reality.

3. What jobs did you have before you started Scenic Route Collection?

All of my previous jobs have been customer service related, including being a barista and room attendant at a hotel. I currently work at Starbucks part time and work on Scenic Route Collection whenever I can. I have started this business from nothing so having another job is important, but I anticipate being full-time with SRC by the fall!

4. Why did you decide to start Scenic Route Collection?

Scenic Route Collection started as a collection of my crocheting, sewing and bookbinding hobbies. When I rebranded SRC strictly as a handmade jewellery business I kept the old name because I believe it fits well with my current mission. All of my work revolves around the theme of nature and adventure which is exactly what taking the scenic route is all about!

5. What was your dream job growing up?

I recently came across some of my kindergarten journals and apparently I wanted to be a Fire Fighter when I grew up! Aside from that I remember really wanting to be a professional dancer and mother.

6. Where are your favourite places to shop?

Since starting this entrepreneurial journey, spending money has been very limited and saved for my business. But when I have some extra cash I like to shop at Lush, local flower shops, Aerie, farmer’s markets and David’s Tea. 

7. How would you define the word success?

To me, success is not about monetary gain. It is about accomplishing goals and gaining raving fans while staying true to your core values. Based on that definition, I believe I’m on my way to success. I have come so far in such a short while and I am proud of it! Of course, moments of self-doubt creep in, but I just remind myself of these affirmations to get me through tough times

8. What do you see yourself doing in the next five years?

In five years I see my husband and I finally settled in a home of our own where I will have a dedicated studio of my own to work from. I really believe in my jewellery brand and am excited to see where I am at in 5 years!

9. Is there anyone who has been influential in your life/starting a business?

I didn’t know this at the time, but I have my mother to thank for sparking the entrepreneurial spirit in me! She became a hair stylist right out of high school, and after working in different salons for multiple years, she finally opened her own in our house. Walking through what I’m doing right now, I can’t image how hard it was as mom of two!

10. Have you ever had a mentor who has given you advice that you would like to share?

I have never had an official mentor but many women in my life have given me helpful advice over the years. I surround myself with people who lead by example and I take what I can from that and apply it. Although not direct advice the following quote is a very good reminder.
 “Comparison is the thief of joy.” –Theodore Roosevelt 

11. What advice would you like to give to today’s women?

Take risks and step outside your comfort zone because you’ll never know what the answer will be until you ask.

12. What is a fact about you that would surprise others?

I once was the lead actress in a Christmas musical! It was fun but I still can’t work up the courage to watch the videos that are buried deep on my Facebook…

13. Where can everyone find you:

Etsy –

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